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We go first this hour to Capitol Hill, where CIA Director Leon Panetta appeared at a confirmation hearing for his next likely post, Secretary of Defense. Panetta is expected to sail smoothly through the confirmation process to succeed Robert Gates.
Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, speaks during in the capital Tripoli in 2008.
An aide to Mahmoud Gebril ElWarfally, prime minister of Libya's interim opposition government, the Transitional National Council, told Bloomberg Telelevision that Saif al-Islam Gadhafi had approached the rebels in an attempt to negotiate an exit for his father.
The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a $290 million judgment against Microsoft for patent infringement. The award is the largest ever upheld on appeal in a patent case.
A small software company called i4i sued Microsoft in 2007, alleging that the industry giant had, without permission, used an editing tool patented by i4i — specifically, that the program was used in Microsoft Word 2003 and 2007. A jury ruled against Microsoft, ordering it to pay $290 million to i4i and to stop using the patented editing tool.
Originally published on Mon December 26, 2011 11:00 pm
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Some people call him space cowboy, some people call him the gangster of love, but most know him as Steve Miller, the guitarist and vocalist whose laid-back, infectiously catchy tunes have soothed the nation for decades.